"We knew it couldn't just be any old apartment building. We wanted it to be a gathering place. That's why it's named Blue Dot Place."
Talk to Darsey Nicklasson for five minutes and she'll make you want to find some cardboard boxes, pack your stuff and move to Blue Dot Place. Darsey and her business partner, Kathy Loo, co-developed the apartments in 2014, creating an unprecedented residential space in Colorado Springs that is enviable thanks to its rare community feel and cutting-edge efficiency.
Blue Dot Place is a groundbreaking addition to Colorado Springs, as it is the first new apartment building constructed downtown since the 1960s. Darsey and Kathy were also trying something new when they decided to start Blue Dot Place.
"We were two women who had never built an apartment building before, but we felt that it needed to happen in Colorado Springs and we weren't going to sit back and wait for somebody else to do it," Darsey says, purposefully.
The walls are heavily insulated. They use water-wise plants. Apartments have ENERGY STAR® appliances and WaterSense® fixtures. And they separately meter each apartment's water, which helps make residents more conscious of their water use.
As Darsey explains, "If they know that they're responsible for their water bill, they are a bit more efficient with their water."
Blue Dot Place is also leading the way in its environmental efforts. Because of its central downtown location, many residents walk or bike to work. In fact, Blue Dot Place has been nationally recognized for its walkable and bike-able community by the Urban Land Institute. And they're the first in Colorado Springs to offer composting to their residents.
But since they began, Darsey and Kathy's foremost goal has been to make Blue Dot Place more than just a place to sleep at night. Their mission has been to create a community, where your neighbors are your family.
"What we really strive to do is create a home for people where they have a place to belong and feel that they belong. That's important," Darsey says.
And it's working. Different floors of the building are known for casual get-togethers. Residents independently tell Darsey and her team that there is a strong sense of community that makes it special. And Blue Dot Place promotes local businesses as much as possible, especially Loyal Coffee and Iron Bird Brewing, which are right next door.
It's admirable and refreshing to hear about an apartment building that feels less like four walls and more like a home, where its internal passion for kindness sparks a ripple effect that could change the current and the community.
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